The pain from a toothache can be truly unbearable, and it’s usually the result of a deeper problem. A tooth infection may be the actual cause of your toothache – this can result in soreness, sensitivity, or even sharp pains in your mouth. One of the first signs of a tooth infection is usually a sore and/or throbbing tooth. If not treated, what may have started as a fairly mild problem can become infected, resulting in pain, redness, swelling and fever (this indicates your body is attempting to fight the infection).
Before repairing the tooth, your dentist will need to clean out the infection, which is called a root canal. Root canals require the drilling of the tooth to reach the infected area. Then the infection is removed and the canal is cleaned out with an antibacterial solution. A crown is placed over the tooth for protection. Root canals can be minor or major, depending on how long the infection has been active. You might also be prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection.
The good news is that tooth infection is preventable. Broken teeth can’t always be avoided, but cavities caused by poor oral habits can be prevented. Brush at least twice per day with fluoride toothpaste. Brushing and flossing get rid of the bacteria that can infiltrate enamel and lead to dental decay (cavities). You can also prevent infection by seeing your dentist for regular checkups. There, he or she can use X-rays to locate potential cavities and weak spots and can address minor issues before they become painful infections. Call Fulp Family Dentistry today to make an appointment for your regular checkup or if you are experiencing any sort of tooth pain.